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9. Q&A with Carolyn McDougall: On Becoming Employment Project Lead at a Hospital, and Employment Resources for Youth with Diverse Abilities

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Carolyn McDougall - The Career Planning Show

Carolyn McDougall is an Occupational Therapist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Lead for the hospital’s Transition Strategy – Employment Participation Pathways. Carolyn is passionate about the value of work and the importance of gaining work experiences from an early age. She coordinates employment programming for 80+ youth with disabilities annually. She is the Business Liaison for Holland Bloorview’s co-site host role for ProjectSEARCH Toronto. She has worked previously in health sector human resources, research and communications roles. Carolyn's research and community partnership interests relate to: participation in employment, transitions to adulthood, life skills, family involvement and systems coordination.

Resources mentioned:
- youth: consider speaking with a guidance councillor at your highs school or with a career councillor at your college or university career centre, and check out Youth Jobs Canada;
- individuals with diverse abilities:
Autism Speaks, Discover Ability Network, Family Support Network for Employment, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital - Youth Employment Programs, MentorAbility Canada, and ProjectSEARCH Toronto;
- all ages and backgrounds: connect with a local employment services provider in your area.
Help Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital deliver life-changing programs for kids with diverse abilities and medical complexities:

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